If you are a fan of modern music, you may have noticed that some acts sound similar. This can be heard when listening to Fall Out Boy alongside Panic! at the Disco. The two groups are different, but why do Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco sound the same?
Here’s what I know from listening to both:
Both Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco have Jake Sinclair, Rob Mathes, or Butch Walker as producers on several of their albums. But they started their careers at the same time and are both considered emo bands with similar instrumentation, vocal stylings, and lyrical subject matter.
Typically, if a fan likes one group, they like the other.
This article will explore Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco. We will seek to explain why despite their styles being different, they still sound so similar.
And we’ll see if either band has collaborated with the other or shared any band members.
It’s Friday, the sun is shining, my coffee was free and my fall out boy vinyl is here!!!!!! 💙💙💙 pic.twitter.com/mSJUnQ8x92
— Jessica Maxwell (@jstephmax) May 14, 2021
Is Panic! at the Disco the same as Fall Out Boy?
These two groups are not the same and have never shared any band members. They have, however, used some of the same producers, and Panic! singer Brendon Urie has performed on some of Fall Out Boy’s early recordings.
Many people hear Panic! at the Disco songs and confuse them for Fall Out Boy songs because of the singing. The lead singers in both groups, Patrick Stump for Fall Out Boy and Brendon Urie for Panic!, have similar voices.
They both have a higher singing voice that stands out from many other male singers.
The two groups are also different because they tend to have vastly different songs at different times. This means that Fall Out Boy decided to be more experimental during the years that Panic! went in a more pop-driven direction.
The same is true the other way around.
Another way Fall Out Boy tends to be different is with the lyrics used. When you listen to a Fall Out Boy song, there are often big metaphors and lines that don’t always seem to make sense.
In other words, Fall Out Boy tends to be more outside the box with their songwriting.
this song sounds like it’s from a musical how did fall out boy write this pic.twitter.com/M8svM9Ugqp
— fiona (@robloxtitties) May 17, 2021
Is Brendon Urie on any Fall Out Boy songs?
Brendon Urie has been on a few Fall Out Boy songs such as “What a Catch, Donnie”, “20 Dollar Nose Bleed”, and “7 Minutes in Heaven (Atavan Halen)”.
With the similarities in the ways both Patrick and Brendon sing, it would make sense that Panic! at the Disco and Fall Out Boy would have worked together.
Brendon is not listed as a featured artist on any of their songs, but he provided vocals for 3.
In 2008, Brendon contributed vocals to two songs on Fall Out Boy’s album. The songs were “What a Catch, Donnie” and “20 Dollar Nose Bleed”.
Besides these two songs, Brendon provided background vocals for “7 Minutes in Heaven” from their Under The Cork Tree album. This was because Brendon’s voice blends well on a Fall Out Boy track, and it also adds more texture to the song.
But it doesn’t seem that there has been any collaboration in over a decade.
Brendon Urie’s first time EVER in a studio was recording vocals for Fall Out Boy’s ‘From Under The Cork Tree’ https://t.co/gz4X0l4zFt pic.twitter.com/iNNOSwNou1
— Rock Sound (@rocksound) May 13, 2020
Who came first, Panic! at the Disco or Fall Out Boy?
Fall Out Boy made their debut in 2001, before Panic! at the Disco, which debuted in 2004. So Fall Out Boy was an influence on Panic! at the Disco.
Fall Out Boy has been making music longer than most people realize.
As I mentioned, they formed in 2001 and had released their first album by 2003. The record was called Take This to Your Grave.
Panic! at the Disco got started a little later than Fall Out Boy.
They formed in 2004 and released their first record in 2005. It was entitled A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out. Although Fall Out Boy debuted first, both bands are from the same era of music.
This means that while they are different, they are bound to sound similar in some cases. It should also be noted that Panic! at the Disco has said openly that Fall Out Boy influenced them.
#nowplaying Fall Out Boy – Alpha Dog | note: Believers Never Die – Greatest Hits Fall Out Boy | LISTEN :https://t.co/sxOoPSYLiB pic.twitter.com/ISGQ3UmSYE
— Alternative Rock Variety (@MEGASHUFFLE) May 21, 2021
Are Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco friends?
Fall Out Boy and Panic! At the Disco seem to be friends or at least on friendly terms. And Brendon Urie performed on 3 of Fall Out Boy’s early songs. Additionally, both bands have said kind things about one another to the press.
It can be difficult to know if your favorite artists are friends in real life.
This is because artists are coworkers, but the world does not see them in that way. Of course, no one is friends with all of their coworkers, but fans like to know that one band they like is friends with another band they listen to.
Fall Out Boy and Panic! At the Disco have always been friendly with each other. In fact, there have been many interviews when Brendon and Pete Wentz have even joined in with the other.
Their friendship can also be shown by Brendon being in some of Fall Out Boy’s songs as I’ve mentioned.
Knowing that they are friends is also important for another reason. Both Fall out Boy and Panic! At the Disco have outlasted most of their peers.
This is important because they are able to represent that era of music while also being present.
I work with Brendon Urie’s aunt, and one time the kids were singing “This Is Gospel” and she asked if it was a Fall Out Boy song. pic.twitter.com/sk2WBhULBb
— Cheyenne (@CheyCheyShine) May 30, 2018
Do Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco use the same producer?
Both Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco have used producers Jake Sinclair, Butch Walker, or Rob Mathes on their recordings.
For any artist, finding the right producers is important.
Some people bring in one or two people, but others like to have multiple. For both these bands, there seems to be a mix.
Of course, how much a producer influences a band’s sound varies.
Some producers simply see it as their job to capture the authentic sound of the band. Other producers, however, have distinct styles, using the same recording techniques, playing on the performances themselves, or using additional studio musicians.
With the 3 producers, they’ve shared, Panic! and FOB really fall into the latter category.
All 3 of them have played instruments for Panic! and FOB on the albums they produced, no doubt shaping the sound of the finished product, but also accounting for a lot of the similarities in their sound.
Both Fallout Boy and Panic! at the Disco have been in the industry for over a decade now. They have withstood the test of time and are often compared to one another.
Many fans think they sound like each other, especially early Panic! at the Disco back when Ryan and Jon were still in the band.
This is a fair statement because their lead singers have similar voices. However, they are also very different from one another.
Both bands are very experimental, but they do it in different ways. Fall Out Boy is known for their weird metaphors, and Panic! At the Disco is known for keeping fans guessing.
Photos that require attribution:
Panic! At The Disco by Tarah and P5150039 by Ashley Rehnblom are licensed under CC2.0 and were cropped, edited, merged, and had a text and graphic overlay added.